Location: UK - flexible
Contract Type: Permanent
Closing Date: 07 March 2021
Salary: c. £35,137 – dependent upon experience
Specific Hours: Standard Hours - this is a full-time position but some flexibility regarding hours and working from home will be considered
Our vision is of a world where no one is blind from avoidable causes and where visually impaired people participate equally in society. Each year, we improve the lives of millions of people in the poorest parts of the world.
Sightsavers has a fantastic opportunity for a tenacious, collaborative, committed and experienced Senior Media & PR Officer for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) to join our dynamic and busy media team during an exciting period of growth in our work, combatting avoidable blindness and neglected tropical diseases as well as ensuring people with disabilities are included in development.
Salary: c. £35,137 – dependent upon experience (UK),
Location: UK or Sightsavers Country Office location
About the role
As Senior Media & PR Officer you will report to the Head of Media and sit within Sightsavers’ wider media team. This challenging and exciting role will raise the profile of, and build the reputation of, Sightsavers through high quality proactive and reactive media and PR, as part of integrated communications activities.
You will be responsible for devising and delivering strategies to secure target levels of media coverage and building and maintaining contacts with journalists across international, national and consumer media with the aim of raising Sightsavers’ profile, promoting Sightsavers’ work and improving media portrayals and public perceptions of global health issues. You will also be expected to support with handling reactive enquires, provide media support and organise media training and practice for Sightsavers’ spokespeople. This is a full-time role with some potential flexibility around hours worked.
You should have a proven track record of delivering effective high-profile media campaigns. You will have an excellent news sense, strong journalist contacts and be proactive in generating media coverage. You should be happy working in a fast-paced environment with the ability to make quick decisions. Creative flair and excellent communication skills are essential.
With significant experience working as a media officer, within policy or as a senior PR executive, the successful candidate will be comfortable implementing proactive PR and editorial opportunities to captivate our existing supporters and reach new audiences. Experience of working with media outlets is desirable as you will be required to utilise these opportunities to promote our organisation, this includes establishing and maintaining these relationships with journalists and bloggers across the globe.
The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail and strong communication skills. You will have excellent writing and presentation skills, not just to our internal clients, but also to our external audiences. Proven experience in a similar role is an advantage, as is knowledge of NTDs, given you will be key to building on existing, as well as building new, relationships. You will also have sound knowledge of Windows based applications and be proficient in multimedia content gathering and production.
To find out more, please read the job description
To apply for this role, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying.
Please note that for the UK-based role, there will be an expectation that you can occasionally visit our offices in Haywards Heath, West Sussex (RH16 3BW)
Closing date: 7 March 2021
We anticipate that remote interviews will take place in mid-March 2021 and the evaluation process will include the submission of a written piece.
As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.